May 25, 2019

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Shemini with Rabbi Natan Slifkin

Rabbi Dr. Natan Slifkin is the founder and director of The Biblical Museum of Natural History. He received his rabbinic ordination from Ohr Somayach Institutions, graduated from the Lander Institute in Jerusalem with an MA in Jewish Thought and Law, and received a PhD in Jewish history at Bar-Ilan University, with a dissertation on rabbinic encounters with zoology.

In parshat Shemini: Following the seven days of their inauguration, Aaron and his sons begin to officiate as kohanim (priests). Aaron’s two elder sons, Nadav and Avihu, offer a “strange fire before G‑d” and die. Aaron is silent in face of his tragedy. G‑d commands the kosher laws, identifying the animal species permissible and forbidden for consumption. Also in Shemini are some of the laws of ritual purity.

 

 

Previous Torah Talks on Shemini

Rabbi Gordon Tucker

Rabbi Ahud Sela

Rabbi Andrew Paley

Rabbi Daniel Fellman

Rabbi Claudio Kupchik